April is Autism Awareness Month

Published Thursday, April 13, 2017

April is Autism Awareness Month and a time to highlight the WJCS Vocational and Educational Center, a "hub" of learning and activity that enhances the capacity of individuals with intellectual deficits and autism spectrum disorders to secure competitive employment. Studies have shown that 35 percent of young adults (ages 19-23) with autism have not had a job or received postgraduate education after leaving high school and only 19.3 percent of people with disabilities in the U.S. were participating in the labor force – working or seeking work (Shattuck et al., 2012 & 2014). Of those, 12.9 percent were unemployed, meaning only 16.8 percent of the population with disabilities was employed. (By contrast, 69.3 percent of people without disabilities were in the labor force, and 65 percent of the population without disabilities was employed.) (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014). Find out how the WJCS Vocational Center is aiming to change those kinds of results.

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